recognising a pig in a poke when you see it

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There comes a time in every freelance writer's life when you know that staying on a particular freelance writer site is as sensible as crawling naked on all fours down the fast lane of the M4 in heavy fog, hoping to reach London alive.

There also comes a point when you know that posting up a particular URL on one's blog for other freelance writers who might find it useful is just unkind. Worse - it's downright cruel.

So anyway, and on a completely different subject entirely, iFreelance appears to be having a few administrative problems and isn't able to answer emails making complaints about racism in buyer projects. It seems that whether you post on this subject to the site itself or to the people who manage the site, no answers will be forthcoming, and so I can only imagine that their servers must be down, having coped with the massive influx of new buyers posting new projects.

These buyers are a new and vibrant breed, cutting to the very bone of finance and offering such challenging rates as $0.20 per 500 words. One can only applaud their marketing strategies and look forward to the truly mangled and nonsensical prose which will result from this pact and which will probably end up on one of these article mill sites adding to the general dross and fluff clogging up the imtertubes.

Personally I am lost for words at seeing iFreelance's change in standards, and I am particularly drawn to remark upon iFreelance's fiendishly clever subscription scheme which helps to pad their profit margin. Buyers don't have to subscribe of course, so for them it can be completely free. However - and this is the clever bit - writers pay a monthly subscription for the privilege of helping buyers see what the general market rate is, after which the buyers go away and fill the post somewhere else.

Now that's what I call inspired! Treat 'em mean and keep 'em keen. That's the way to keep writers in their places. Jumped up little squirts who think writing is a craft and have the audacity to charge more than the cost of a pint of milk for a page of researched writing! Whatever next!! Everyone knows that all you need to write an article are the following ingredients:

1. Someone else's article thieved from some random site,
2. Article-spinning software,
3. Five minutes' spare time whilst waiting for the dog to throw up in the garden,
4. The ability to drag the resulting bunch of words through Copyscape before submission.

In fact, iFreelance have managed to adapt their standards to the extent that they can hardly be told apart from GAF!! Amazing!! That's what I call standardisation ...